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ISHLT Academy: Core Competencies in Pediatric Heart and Lung Transplantation

ISHLT PEDS Academy Co-Chair

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The ISHLT Pediatric Transplant Council is pleased to announce the first ISHLT Academy: Core Competencies in Pediatric Heart and Lung Transplantation. This one-day academy will be held in Montreal on Tuesday, April 23, 2012, immediately prior to the start of the 33rd Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions. The Academy features prominent leaders from surgery and medicine discussing state-of-the art care ranging from the newest approaches to end-stage heart or lung failure through the long-term management of the morbidities of thoracic transplantation.

The target audience for the Academy includes transplant coordinators, surgeons, pulmonologists and cardiologists who care for children with advanced heart and lung failure.

Selected topics include the use of ventricular assist devices in the pediatric population, evaluation and management of a pediatric heart or lung donor, care of special populations such as patients with congenital heart disease before and after transplantation, and management of areas of particular concern in pediatric recipients, such as immunosuppression, humoral rejection, infectious diseases and malignancies.

The format will include case presentations specific to the topics being discussed and audience participation is incorporated throughout the program. There will also be opportunities to network and socialize with transplant professionals involved in the care of pediatric recipients.

The program committee has also developed a set of core competencies for practitioners in pediatric heart and lung transplantation that will serve as a guide for transplant professionals as develop expertise in the field of pediatric heart and lung transplantation.

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